follow Dictionary.com

Winning Words of the Scripps Spelling Bee

transgression

[trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-] /trænsˈgrɛʃ ən, trænz-/
noun
1.
an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
Origin of transgression
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion
Related forms
nontransgression, noun
Synonyms
See breach.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for transgression
British Dictionary definitions for transgression

transgression

/trænzˈɡrɛʃən/
noun
1.
a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
2.
the act or an instance of transgressing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for transgression
n.

late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) "a transgression of the law," in classical Latin, "a going over," from transgressus, past participle of transgredi "go beyond," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + gradi (past participle gressus) "to walk, go" (see grade).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
transgression in Science
transgression
  (trāns-grěsh'ən)   
A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time. Compare regression.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for transgression

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for transgression

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with transgression